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Cupcakes are amazing, fact. Getting a detailed message or pattern on top though is never easy. For anyone who owns or has access to a laser cutter, this is a really quick and simple project that gives great results.

An acrylic stencil makes it easy to add patterns and shapes in cocoa, icing sugar, fine sprinkles or edible spray paint! You can even use it to decorate five at once! Or even to dust patterns on cappuccinos and lattes.
 
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Step 1: Design

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As usual, I started by designing my stencil in Alibre Design.

I chose to make a large stencil with several designs on it over lots of single designs because I wanted to be able to balance it on an upturned bowl rather than holding it. I felt that if I held the stencil and dusted with cocoa powder or icing sugar at the same time, the stencil would move and I'd get a blurry image.

I chose to use shapes/designs that were fairly simple, I was afraid that images with too much detail would get lost/blurred.

Step 2: Laser Cut

The stencil was cut on an Epilog 75W laser cutter. The file is attached should you with to make your own.

I used power 100, speed 10 on 1/8" acrylic. It took no more than 15 minutes to cut.

Step 3: Make cupcakes! (or coffee)

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Next, bake some cupcakes! Ice with your choice of frosting.

Scoochmaroo was making delicious Malibu dream cupcakes and I can't bake. She kindly let me steal a trio of hers on which to experiment!

kieshar2 years ago
What a fantastic idea!
Jayefuu (author)  kieshar2 years ago
Thanks :)
Nice! I teach stencil making for cupcakes with my 12/13 year olds - we also look at bridges to gain higher grades. they find it quite difficult to visualise what will cut out and where bridges are needed to hold a design together... Try it....highest grades given to those who can create an image where the bridge becomes part of the design as well as a holding devise. Try making carrot cakes or decorating 18cm sponge cakes with cocoa powder and no icing. Keep mixing cooking and laser cutters!
depotdevoid2 years ago
Nice! My roommate would love these, she's making cupcakes all the time!
I am looking for this special Stencil.
canucksgirl2 years ago
Those look awesome! I really like the snowflake. (They look yummy too!)